Palin calls tax deal 'lousy'
December 17th, 2010
09:08 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin calls tax deal 'lousy'

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin voiced strong opposition to the tax cuts passed in both chambers of Congress and revealed her 2012 timeline.

"I think it's a lousy deal and we can do better for the American people," Palin said on ABC Friday.

The tax package the president will sign Friday concludes months of contentious politicking over a compromise between the White House and members of Congress, a deal Palin said is "still not good enough."

"You can term it compromise, I term it flip flop," Palin said. "I was thankful that he did but it's still not good enough."

The bill includes a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, a continuation of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed for 13 months, as well as a two percentage point cut in the payroll tax and the revival of the estate tax at a lower level.

When asked about her presidential intentions, Palin said "it's a prayerful consideration," but that she won't make the decision for "some months."

A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday indicated Palin trailing President Obama by 22 points in a hypothetical 2012 match-up, yet Palin remained defiant about her chances, citing the length of the primary season.

"A poll number like that... doesn't look really pretty today, but a primary is months and months in the process," Palin said. "If I were to participate in that contested primary, I would be in it to win it."

The Fox News commentator and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee rarely takes questions from what she calls the "lamestream" media, but Friday's sit-down is the latest example that she's chipping away at her stance.

As a possible preview to a 2012 race, Palin revealed her biggest point of contention with Obama.

"My number one criticism of President Obama is he promised to and he's trying to fulfill his promise of fundamentally trying to transform America," Palin said. "We don't need a fundamental transformation, we need a renewal and a restoration of what is good about America."


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Sarah Palin • Taxes
soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. brad

    ok. Please explain why. Easy to complain not to mention safe. She is not (whether you like it or not) a public figure. Who's opinion matters. So, explain why or don't say anything at all.

    December 17, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. BartoPJ

    Once again, Palin is against something, but doesn't exactly say what she would do. The story of her life.

    December 17, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. brad

    sorry. She IS I meant.

    December 17, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She has little understanding of what was done from the "flip-flop" statement. What would she have done? I still don't see a statement about that. Everyone got a little of what they wanted, but nothing close to everything. Frankly, had the Congress started this months ago, it would have gone more their way.

    December 17, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Terry - Indiana

    Way to go Sarah. Is your economic advisor using a "Shake for the correct answer" 8-Ball? The reason you really like the new tax bill is the millions you will save by paying no taxes. By the way, did you leave a donation in Haiti prior to you and your hairdresser flying home?

    December 17, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Erin

    "I think it's a lousy deal and we can do better for the American people," Palin said on ABC Friday.

    Gee, Sarah, please grace us with your wisdom and explain in detail what's "lousy" about this, please., I would bet a year's salary you haven't even read the bill. Also, in your infinite wisdom and criticism over everything the Democrats do, please explain what you would have done instead.

    December 17, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. dave

    maybe if you'd bothered to finish your elected term as Governor of one of the 50 states, your frigging opinion would matter

    December 17, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. AO

    shut up you nimrod. Just go away.

    December 17, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. anna

    Nowhere in the article does Palin explain how the bill isn't "good enough." I guess I'm expectign too much to thinkt hat there is some logic to her pronouncements.

    December 17, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Mark in Seattle

    $arah really just needs to shut up and go away...forever.

    December 17, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. TM

    First of all, WHO CARES what this woman thinks?!
    Secondly, after combing thorough the deluge of drivel spewed by this political lightweight her TRUE objection is not that Obama is attempting "fundamental transformation" but that she and her reactionary allied have been prevented from transforming the US to Fundamentalism. She needs to go back to her one moose hometown and let the grown-ups handle things.

    December 17, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. deuce

    And what is good for America, idiot? The erosion of the middle class?? The axing of any social programs you can find that don't effect you or your family directly? Charging rape victims for their own rape kits?

    December 17, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Qi

    By "not good enough" I guess she means the super wealthy did not get enough of the pie and the "poor folks" should not have gotten any.

    December 17, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. A female in Wyoming

    Babble, babble, babble, babble. That's all Palin does. Yes, her poll numbers are bad and continue to go down. She doesn't have a prayer of winning. Obviously she doesn't know this, so I'll explain it to her.....everyone that decides to run for president goes in with the intention of winning. That was yet another one of her 'duh' statements. No one spends hundreds of thousands of dollars, months away from home, sleep deprivation, etc, etc, with the intention of going in and losing. Just another example of Palin's lack of intelligence. All she does is says words for the sake of speaking and never makes any sense or has any solutions. Just whines and babbles. She needs to go home to Alaska where even they don't want her anymore.

    December 17, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Jay

    Palin is an idiot.

    December 17, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    When asked about her presidential intentions, Palin said "it's a prayerful consideration," but that she won't make the decision for "some months."

    Translation: Everyone knows I don't stand a chance in heck against President Obama, but I can make millions between now and then by stringing people along. And that really is my only goal, afterall.

    December 17, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. lina

    This woman is still in a state of la la land. Go for it!! This country isn't as stupid as you are....

    December 17, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    If she hates it, it must be good!

    December 17, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. aatami

    She could not be more wrong. Palin is a perfect example of what is wrong with the majority of the right wing. They don't understand that we cannot continue living as if this were the 1950's. We need to be ushering in a paradigm change but the problem is that repubs live in a fear based existence, they fear change, they worship a fear based god and religion. It's just ridiculous and pathetic.

    December 17, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Palin_LOSER!

    Palin is a loser!

    December 17, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. me

    Falin has no clue....for the people...not partisan....what's good for America.....

    December 17, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. b. o. stinks

    Sarah please sit down and be quiet you are right that the tax bill isnt what it should be since the party ran on cutting spending and they turn around and a trillion dollars to my grandchildrens future all of you politicians and want to be politicians should be sent to afghanistan to fight for freedom instead of being here fighting for money serve the country for the pay the soldiers get and then you will be qualified to speak until then sit down and take all of them with you ALL OF THEM DEMS AND REPUBS

    December 17, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Al

    "We don't need a fundamental transformation, we need a renewal and a restoration of what is good about America." Sure. And you think you're the one who can lead us back to all that with your simplistic answers to incredibly complex problems. As if you're going to get the chance with a 22% less approval rating than the "worst President ever"!

    December 17, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Texas Doc

    What do you mean 'we can do better'? You are not and most likely never ever again will be an elected official. That said, you should run for president.

    December 17, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. Maddy

    I think President Obama should hire our Sarah P as a presidential advisor.
    She certainly seems to have all the answers. We should make the most in this country of this very experienced and profound thinker and problem solver. I just can't help but wonder why she is not in Alaska solving their problems. She had such a wonderful opportunity to do that as the governor. She has way too much time on her hands now.
    Her last statement in the above article is very intense.
    "We don't need a fundamental transformation, we need a renewal and a restoration of what is good about America."
    OK SARAH....we are all waiting.
    Give us a blow by blow, not just rhetoric of exactly how you are going to renew and restore our great country.

    December 17, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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